MARSOC Rose, James T.

John Robertson

Staff member
James T.
  • UNIT
Marine Special Operations Regiment (Company B,1 Marine S.O. Bn)
  • RANK
Silver Star
Afghanistan 2010
from Abilene,Texas
promoted Major


Silver Star : The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain James T. Rose, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy as Marine Special Operations Team Leader, Company B, First Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command from 10 to 11 July 2010 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. While conducting operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Captain Rose, his team, and a unit of Afghan commandos came under heavy machine gun and small arms fire from multiple directions. He climbed onto a roof to identify the enemy's location, and, remaining in that exposed position, he provided suppressive fires, directed the counterattack by his forces, and incorporated air support assets to destroy the enemy squad. The next morning, as one of his three elements was moving across an open field, the element leader was mortally wounded by an improvised explosive device, and the entire element was pinned down in the ensuing complex ambush. Unhesitatingly, Captain Rose boldly led a four-man force toward the enemy, drawing fire away from the pinned down element, enabling them to maneuver out of the kill zone. By killing two insurgents and wounding a third, Captain Rose personally turned the tide of the firefight. The space he created then allowed air assets to engage while he coordinated the medical evacuation of his wounded. The tactical acumen, toughness, and sense of mission he demonstrated throughout the 48 hour operations led to elimination of 28 insurgents, and enabled the evacuation of ten wounded coalition personnel. By his bold leadership, undaunted courage under fire, and complete dedication to duty, Captain Rose reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

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